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with a palestinian civilian death toll rising as israel seeks to wipe out militants. >>> paula broadwell finally returns home as congress digs deeper into david petraeus's testimony. >> this is "early today" for monday, november 19th, 2012. >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the president was only here on the ground for 12 hours, the first american president to visit myanmar, the country formerly known as burma. he was greeted by a sea of locals. some of it was spontaneous, some very organized. school-aged children in school uniforms waved the american flag and the myanmar flag. the president met with the official
. >> it never is. all right. she has the storm tracker all warmed up. >>> israel's air offensive over the georgaza strip and 95 peopl have been killed. israel says it does not target civilians and blames hamas for using human shields. richard engel reports. >> reporter: hamas is still firing rockets. about 40 today launched from this area in gaza and into israel. the military has the upper hand. israeli drones and ships have been targeting hamas military leaders killing them in their houses and on motorcycles and in their cars. there are civilian casualties. we went to a funeral for 11 people who were killed inside a home when israel targeted the home of the hamas military leader. he was killed in the home. some were many members of his family. there seem to be efforts to achieve a serious cease-fire. >> i hope over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a bases that is sustainable. >> reporter: the egyptian foreign minister is expected to visit gaza tomorrow. a source close to the israeli prime minister he would prefer a diplomatic invasion. here in gaza, people don't know which
the prospect of a war in the middle east as israel and palestinian militants get closer to the brink this weekend. israel expanding its air assault against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern israel. that's where i want to begin this morning. i've got nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and "new york times" columnist tom friedman. who better to have to discuss this. tom, as the two sides get closer to the brink, based on your experience and reporting, where is this going? >> let's just go around the horn, david, quickly. i think hamas is trying to use this moment to both break out of the blockade and try to end targeted killing of its leaders from israel, and trying to take advantage of the new arab spring balance of power, the muslim brotherhood in egypt, to leverage that possibility. israel. israel has been watching for the last six to nine months hamas bringing in longer and longer range missiles from iran. i think they saw this as an opportunity of necessity to take those out, missiles that can now hit t
escalate in the middle east, many u.s. leaders are voicing their support for israel. the possibility appears to be growing and president obama defended israel's right to defend itself. nbc's brian moore has the latest.
deadly violence in the middle east overnight between israel and hamas. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in gaza this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt, it is not a good time to be a hamas military leader on the strip. they are being systematically picked off, killed in their homes, in cars, on motorcycles, many have gone into hiding, turning off cell phones, avoiding all usual locations. israel's war to stop hamas' rockets continued. with 100 strikes in the air and from the sea. hamas is still able to launch homemade, iranian made rockets towards southern israel and tel aviv. there were around 40 new launches today. not all are hitting their mark because in israel there's a new national hero, the mobile iron dome defense system, proving to be the most effective of its kind in the world. of the thousand rockets israel says hamas fired in the last six days, about a third have been intercepted by the iron dome. in gaza, there are no air defenses at all, and israel appears to have superb intelligence, locating and destroying individual hamas home
the timing when we come back. >>> a massive blast as israel continued to bomb them for the sixth day. 70 people have been killed in gaza, including 11 people in one strike. three israelis have been killed, as well. meantime, representatives from both sides met separately with egyptian officials today about a truce. so far no announcement. >>> as the violence in the middle east grows, so do tensions in california. demonstrators on both sides of the conflict held rallies in front of the federal building in los angeles and reporter ted shin has this report. >> reporter: at one point it got ugly spilling on to will shire boulevard a centuries old firestorm ignited in the middle east. as israel continued to attack gaza in response to rocket attacks on israeli cities were which a response to the assassination of a top military leader a cycle of accusation and recrimination was playing out in front of the federal building in westwood. >> my family is there and in shelters and stressed out. the world doesn't realize this is a day-to-day reality. >> israeli and american flags stood on one side an
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